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CCSS Update: Volume III, Issue 22, July 22, 2014

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Update includes information regarding the implementation of the CCSS.

New Resources

Groundbreaking ELA/ELD Framework Adopted by SBE

On July 9, 2014, the California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools (Framework).This is the first time in the nation that a state has adopted dual guidelines in one publication for both English language arts (ELA) and English language development (ELD). By combining both sets of standards into a coherent curriculum framework, California has made clear that its goal is to prepare all students for literacy in the 21st century.

The Framework provides guidance to teachers implementing the California CCSS for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (PDF; 2MB) as well as the new California ELD Standards including instructional strategies and resources such as vignettes and models that teachers may use to strengthen the learning for every student. It also provides guidance to schools and districts on curriculum, instructional programs, assessment, leadership, professional learning, and issues of equity and access. The Framework was developed by educators and literacy experts, most of whom are teachers in California classrooms.

The Framework is currently available in draft form on the California Department of Education (CDE) May-June Draft ELA/ELD Framework Chapters Web page and will soon be updated to reflect its final adoption by the SBE.

Mathematics Standards Maps Now Available

Local school districts have a new tool for the implementation of the CCSS for Mathematics (PDF; 3MB) one that will help them evaluate instructional materials for their alignment to the standards.

The Higher Mathematics Courses Standards Maps were developed to assist districts in their evaluation and adoption of mathematics instructional materials for high school students. Districts can complete the standards maps with their own findings regarding the alignment of the instructional material to California’s mathematics standards. Districts can also request that the producer of the instructional materials use the standards maps to provide evidence of alignment to the standards which the district can then verify.

There are standards maps for six higher mathematics courses: Mathematics I, II, and III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Statistics and Probability, and Precalculus. The standards maps are available on the CDE Mathematics Standards Maps for Higher Mathematics Web page. For more information regarding the higher mathematics courses, please see the higher mathematics chapters of the Mathematics Framework on the CDE Mathematics Framework Web page.

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